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good morning. >> i'm kendis gibson. he's the topheadlines on "world news now," shocking news from london. top superstar george michael passed away at 53. his death being blamed on heart failure. he's remembered for megahits like "whisper," faith, "i want your sex," and so many more. updates comining up. china calls it a routine exercise, but amid renewed tension over taiwan that beijing claims. >> a powerful earthquake struck chile, but little damage or loss of life. a few evacuated for fears of a
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sue nammy, but that was canc cancelled. >> shinzo abe visits pearl harbor, the first leader to visit the site of the astack. those are our top stories on this monday, december 26th. from abc news, this is world news now." >> good morning, everybody, on this monday morning. we are going to start with the shocking news, 2016 has taken another legend. this time, george michael dead at the age of 53. dyi dying of heart failure in his home in new england. >> michael rose to fame as part of the duo what happens in the '80s before a solo career selling more than 100 million albums. we'll look back with the bbc.
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♪ >> reporter: burst into the scene in the early 1980. the duo had number one singles around the world and conquered china, and they were the first pop band to perform there. he loved fame, but never became used to it. >> hip hop artist, that's what i dreamed of, what i'm still grateful for. but my god, i wished i coped with the other stuff the way other people do. i wish i was born with a suit of armor because i wasn't. ♪ >> reporter: hit the headlines for other reasons, stopped for a
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series of traffic offenses rs leading to a spell in jail, cautioned and fined for drugs possession and received treatment for drug addiction. in 2011, he suffered a life threatening bout of pneumonia while on tour in australia. it was unexplained, but not suspicious. the family said he died piecefully at home, called him a beloved son, brother, and friend. >> of course, much more on george michael's death ahead on "good morning america." >> carrie fisher treated in a los angeles hospital after suffering cardiac arrest during a flight from london friday. the mother tweeted yesterday that her dour is in stable condition, and she's thanking everyone for their prayers. harrison ford and mark hammel send fisher well wishes.
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donald trump's plans to shut down his charitable foundation hit a legal hurdle. he's deinvolve solving the foundation to devoid appearance of don flikt, but new york's attorney general says he cannot legally desolve. the foundation is under investigation in new york state. he's accused of using foundation money to purchase a self-portrait. overseas now, and the search for answers following the crash of a russian military jet. all 92 people on board are presumed dead after the plane krarked in the black sea. abc has the latest. >> reporter: as mourners placed flowers in memory of the lost, recovery ships plucked fregment fragments from the black sea. a russian military plane took off sunday morning from the airport in sochi. two minutes later, it crashed, taking 84 passengers and eight crew members into the wavings. by air, and by sea, more than 3,000 responders around the
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scene, recovering some bodies and fragments of the plane. the aircraft's flight recorders have no radio beacons making recovery difficult. there's been no problems reported before the disaster, and the plane's wreckage scattered over an area raising a factor of terrorism. among the victims, 64 members of the ensemble, choir of the russian military. putin declared monday a national day of mourning. we'll conduct a thorough investigation, he said, doing everything to support the victims families. in sochi monday night, they paid respect, candles part of the darkness, but not the mystery of the doomed flight. abc news, new york. north carolina police search for two suspects who allegedly shot seven people during a christmas party. authorities say a fight started during the party attended by at least 250 people at a lodge.
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witnesses say the gunmen wore ski masks opening fire and leaving the scene. none of the victims suffered life threatening injuries. the rocker in fair condition after being shot on christmas night in new york. the rapper whose name is rollin collins struck twice and crashed the vehicle into a parked car. police are investigating the shooting. collins made headlines this year after being charged with attempted murder for shooting at a new york concert in may. persons in the midwest hit by severe weather on christmas day. strong winds, a tornado hit the area near kearney. gusty winds are expected to last through the morning. here's a scene further north. blizzard conditions making for dangerous driving in south and north dakota as well as montana. 15 inches of snow possible in the areas, and some parts of minnesota, freezing rain makes
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the roads slippery. two interstates are closed because of hazardous conditions and flights delayed or cancelled over the weekend. >> icy roads are a challenge in the northeast as the temperatures plunge overnight. >> justin is tracking it all for us. justin, good morning. >> kendis, marcy, good morning to you. there's ice throughout the morning time frame into the northeast, snow into the upper midwest, and another storm system into the northwest. south is quiet, but the northern tier of the states we have our hands full. not talking about blizzard conditions, per se, more so into the afternoon, but some potential for wind and snow. it's slippery in northern, eastern narkorth dakota. warmer temperatures will kick in, but no sun in the northwest. it's wet on the 5 with snow and
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higher terrains into the cascades. >> thanks to justin. whether it's cold or not, the next story might send a chill up your spine. >> observing the annual christmas day plunge into a lake. wearing santa hats. christmas themeded bathing suits. >> in the past years, they had to chip eye away in order to make the plunge, but this year was balmy, 8 degrees celsius. >> that's not balmy. improvement over having to chip through ice together. >> absolutely. >> the translation, it was, you know, in the 40s or so. >> it was not that bad at all. >> yeah. still not looking good. >> yeah. exactly. icy plunge. >> coming up, ambitious 9-year-old shows how to get help to those who are less fortunate. he's leading the way on "good morning america" coat drive. >> looking back at a fun
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dancing the last christmas over the week. we were at my party. >> absolutely. yeah. one of the best christmas songs. >> it is. it is. well, the pop music, of course, is reeling this morning, untimely death of george michael, 53 years old. >> after rocking to the top of the charts, he continues as a successful solo artist, and in 2008 rkts chris interviewed michael for "good morning america america." >> reporter: this day comes where you decide i'm going back to the u.s. why? >> because i was happy enough to. it's just a much more relaxed burden, and i think people have the ability to get happier as you get older. ♪ you told me to go up the
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back ♪ ♪ and when i got dr >> reporter: idea of being back stage, what's it do for you? >> being with them, warming up, but it's more than that. my relationship with music has changed so much. you don't really appreciate where you are or what you've got until you get older and your friends and how tough life is, and then suddenly, you see the spirituality, not just the good fortune of being able to play music. none of this, even though i think the most important thing i do, even though they have one fantastic night concert, you give people music to use years when you write. you tie yourself more than one night. you tie yourself to big events in their lives. you tie yourself to their childhood, and their growing up, and it's a real privilege, but from day one, i always knew not to take home with me.
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♪ >> such a good singer. we'll be right back. "world news now" continues after this f
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march to the new year is on, but not without looking back at favorite moments of the pars year. >> not my favorite moments, like that time i ran away from
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snakes, a lot of them. so let's go deep into the everglades to witness the complete destruction of, well, here you go. >> point of no return. >> reporter: they grow more than 20 feet long and have been known to eat alligators whole. >> a possibility there's a snake around here? >> yes, there is a good possibility. >> all right, then. we're on the hunt for the python, one the biggest, baddest snakes in the world, danger with every step. >> i really have no idea why i signed up for this. jumped from a butterfly. >> put your hand in there knowing there could be a snake down there? could it bite you? >> it might. >> but i'll be able to pull it out of there. >> all right. >> tens of thousands of ser pants took over the florida everglades, terrorizing the would wild. >> used to be millions of birds
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here, wading birds, but the snakes sit here quietly and wait on them. the bird's going to lose every time. firefighters say the woman found a seven foot python hiding underneath stacks of clothing. >> well, we know there's a lot of missing cats in the neighborhood. >> that's why bill booth, tampa firefighter, and snake hunter is here, one of over 800 people who come from across the country to compete in the python challenge. people are effect ily removing pythons. >> reporter: a month long contest to grab and trade in wild pythons for cold hard cash, dead or alive. >> they will be measured. >> reporter: the fish and wildlife conservation commission holds classes to show you how to do it. the cop test is open to anybody, and, i mean, anybody. how old is the kid that's out on
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the golf course? >> he's 8. >> 8 years old looking for a python? >> yeah. >> this is not his first rodeo. the crack team of python hunters are confident they can slither away with enough of the snakes to win the competition. i'm riding shotgun at today's competition, but i have a confession, i'm terrified of snakes. do you think they can sense fear? >> they probably do and probably be waiting for you. >> funny. >> see him laying in the water. head's up out of the water. >> to my luck, we didn't wait long. >> got one. >> all right. hold on. oh, yeah. oh, my god. >> there he is.
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>> that's our python. >> these pros catch snakes alive with their bare hands. >> that was quick. >> no, no, no, no. >> this first time hunter armed with a pillow case and golf clubs. >> like steve irwin back there as if you know what you're doing with the pythons. >> right. >> a lot of people are doing this, never been python hunting before, i guess people, they want the challenge. they they, oh, a python in florida? that's crazy. let's find one. >> is it dangerous? >> could be, yeah. you don't have the experience to handle a big snake, you're going to be in a world of hurt. >> and by hurt, we mean, wrapped around and choked out, wrapped up, bitten. >> shaking off the first
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encounter with the new friend, bill's team -- >> hey! ha-ha! holy [ bleep ]! ha-ha! >> two more. >> and another makes four. >> oh, so excited. still shaking. >> very calm. >> miley would probably like it too. >> you don't want to touch one? >> not even the back end? >> not at all. >> every snake goes to the university of florida where they study them for environmental impact. >> python is eating our wildlife. without a healthy food chape, it's not a healthy environment. they admit the number of snakes caught barely makes a difference, the competition brings attention todd problem. >> this is a serious issue. it brings the awareness to everyone in florida, the united states, and world of an invasive
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snake. ? much many toy surprise, there's not as much backlash to this. even pita is okay with it as long as hunting is done by experts like bill and they are killed humanly. the research team -- >> all day long. not moving much. >> go down and open that up. take them all up for a class picture now. >> reach in the bag to get them out? >> no. ooem not touching it. they bag 33 out of 106 total pythons caught including this 15 footer, putting them $8,000 in prize money. not worth it. >> i'm in miami right now. baby steps.
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what was in front of you? >> my past. >> it's not supposed to happen in beverly hills. one kid ♪ all right. you know there's kwuf coat drives this time of year. >> yes. >> one by "good morning america." >> yes. the big star on the "gma" coat
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drive is a fourth grader from new jersey. our world news now coanchor diane macedo took a break from the coast, or maybe belize, to tell us. >> amazing. >> about this kid. here's the story. >> reporter: meet 9-year-old max. let's check the ones we should take today to the store. the new jersey 40 grader is on a mission for warm coats warm hearts drive, joining amy adams and among others. >> there's some kids that don't even have coats, so i wanted to help people get more. >> he started making his boxes, designing them himself. i just put all of his photos on instagram and facebook and got so many responses. it's amazing. >> reporter: last holiday season, he created 170. this year, he's already beat that, making boxes for the local hair salon and his class at school.
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they have already wrangled 40 coats and counting. bierington donations filled two carts. >> donating is so seieasy. bring it into our store, drop it in the box, and we care for the rest. >> reporter: they are gifting max another 100 coat r fizz his goal this year. >> so proud. >> reporter: perhaps the bigger gift, he got to meet a family who benefitted from the donations last year. >> seeing that it actually came from a boy that a year older than my son, that's great. a young man. >> reporter: showing one act of kindness goes a long way. >> merry christmas. >> warms the heart, so does this. >> you're shaping all the presents. >> i am. nothing good in them. >> seeing what's inside the stockings. >> i don't diane -- she gets gifts. nice. >> don't get
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to morning on "world news now," the loss of george michael. >> iconic british singer died at age 53. looking back at his rocketing rise to superstardom, and how he managed to push the envelope and how he dealt with the pressure of fame. dangerous travel conditions as millions get set to return home. blizzard conditions across the northern states. it spells disaster on the roadways. >> many nismichigan, state of emergency as a staink hole threatens to swallow a neighborhoods. it's not the first time they faced this crisis. christmas now in the rearview mirror, it's time to change all those thoughts, but let's be honest, gifts received are going to have a round up of this season's weirdest presents. better have the gift receipts on
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this monday, december 26th. it's boxing day. from abc news, this is "world news now." >> good monday morning to you, everybody. on this boxes day, day after christmas. hope you had a nice holiday. >> we begin the half hour with shocking death of george michael, the grammy award winning britter singer who shot to fame in the '80s, passing away at just 53 years old. >> received the word from michael's manager saying he died of heart failure in england on christmas day at home. the publicist adding he had not been ill. >> michael started off as part of the duo wham before launching solo career like "i want your sex," and he sold 100 million albums and made headlines for high profile run-ins with the law. >> our insider joining us now by phone with the look back on his
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remarkable career. br bruno, good morning, thank you for joining us this morning. >> caller: good morning, kendis. >> a stunning loss. you met him several times. was it a shock to you? >> caller: a bookend e to a sad year in music, kendis. i met him several times, worked for the record label in the '80s and '90s, and mtv, and his successful comeback in 1996. a talented man. it's a sad day for the music industry and culture overall. >> and from wham to the controversies, how do you think he'll be remembered? what do you think george michael's legacy will be? >> the great thing about it is people are talking about his music, not the controversy, not the run-in the s with the law, song writers, 20th century, he
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was tremendously talented, wrote his song, produced them himself, played all the instruments. you can't find too many artists nowadays who can do what he did for so many years. >> first to do that, take ownership of his music in so many different ways. >> caller: in so many different ways. even went to legal fights with record companies, sony, so own or to get his masters back. he took a long time in the studio in between albums because he was a perfectionist. it was something he always said, never really wanted to release music unless he was fully confident it was the best possible work that he could possibly do. >> he's been off the public s m stage a little bit, last performance in 2014. he put it all out there, didn't
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bruno, in his music? >> caller: yeah. he let the music do the talking. he never felt comfortable in the spotlight and never really liked the life of a pop star. i wouldn't say he was a recluse, but he just wanted -- he did not like that being in the public light constantly. let the music speak for itself, and he was working on a follow-up album. his last album, actually, new recorded material was in 2004, so we're talking, 13 years ago now. >> it's been a long time since he is put out new music, he was able to headline his own shows and sell them out. he has such a huge, huge fan base. >> caller: still an arena around the world, last tour was very successful. it was a run of 20 arenas, i believe, outside the u.s. and europe, and stadium artist. he never lost the magic and power to draw so many people.
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>> i guess it goes beyond george michael itself, but give me a sense, bruon, you've been in the industry for a long time, long time agent, producer, and such. how rough was 2016 when it comes to the music, world? >> caller: oh, my god, kendis, started with the loss of david bowey and ends with george michael. hopefully nothing else happens between prince and leonard cohen, horrendous losing legends, people who were beyond talented, and it's going to be hard to replace them. actually close to impossible. you know, the fact that out of the '80s, george michael in houston, prince, michael jackson, they are gone. that's a huge loss for the world, not just for music fans, but the world. >> voices of our generation passing away. 2016 can be done with. thanks to bruno joining us now
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from spain early this morning. thank you. >> yeah, thank you. we'll have more on george michael later this half hour, but we turn now to another celebrity, star wars actress carrie fisher treated in a los angeles hospital this morning after suffering cardiac arrest on a flight from london monday. >> her mother tweeted yesterday her daughter is in stable condition and thanked the public for their prayers. harrison ford and mark hammel send well wishes so fisher. overseas where russian invs. gaiters search for the cause of the deadly plane crash into the black sea. all 92 people on board killed including dozens of singers and russia's world famous military khoir. it crashed into minutes into the flight in clear weather. the transport minister said the crash was likely due to pilot error or technical malfunction, but a terrorist attack has not been ruled out.
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israelis fuming over the u.n.'s antisettlements vote. benjamin netanyahu wanted to protest the white house failure to block the resolution conde condemning activity in the west bank. the prime minister blames the obama administration for arranging it. >> as i told john keri on thursday, friends don't take friends to the security counsel. >> president-elect donald trump urged the u.s. to veto the u.n. measure. ten of the top tip plo mats from countries who supported the resolution were called to jerusalem as well. and a fake news story led to a twitter feud and nuclear threats between israel and pakist pakistan. israeli official accused pakistan of meddling in syria and warned of a nuclear attack. the defense minister noted pakistan is a nuclear state adds
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well. israel tweeted that the item totally fictitious. a typhoon ruining christmas in the philippines weakened slightly this morning. tens of thousands spent christmas in crowded and powerless emergency shelters now starting to return home. winds gusting 90 miles per hour and the storm moved towards heavily popular area south of manila. an earthquake in southern chile, but little damage and no loss of life. thousands of people evacuated over fears of a stsunami, but that was lifted an hour and a half after the quakes. freezing rain at home makes forever dangerous travel in the upper midwest. ice storm warning in effect in north and south dakota. parts of i-90 closed down because of slippery conditions, and blizzard warning in north
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dakota, south dakota, and montana. a sing hole threatened several homes. so far the hole opened up under one home. the homeowner got out saturday morning, but another hole opened up in the same area in 2004. in germany, 54,000 people's celebrations were disrupted so authorities could diffuse a bomb in world war ii. they they got people out of the homes. >> they evacuated residents and returned home later, and christmas was the best time to defuse it because of less traffic. german officials say this was the largest evacuation of its kind since the end of the war. well, coming up right here, george michael in his own words. >> rippling across the entertainment world overnight, and we've got back into the archives for an interview in
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national menora lit in washington, d.c. to celebrate hanukkah. this was a second night ceremony was delayed because the first night fell on the sabbath. it was first lit by president carter in 1979. donald trump wished everyone a merry christmas celebrating the holidays with family at his florida estate. they attended a midnight christmas eve surface at the palm beach church where they were married. the congregation cheered as he arrived. he took to twitter to wish everyone a merry christmas and a very, very, very happy new yearment three veries. i wanted to get that in there. while we are home for the holidays and president obama who grew up in hawaii, eighth and last presidential christmas break there. >> they are spending it like the others, hiking, golfing, eating shaved ice, and remembering those who safeguard the country.
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>> reporter: visits troops on christmas day is a holiday tradition for president obama, and this was his last visit as commander in chief. >> the people here in america back home understand that every single day that you're receivering, you fight for our freedom, fighting to keep us safe and maintaining our way of life. it's impossible for us to fully repay what you've done and sacrifices you make, but at least it's important to hear from us that what you do matters. >> reporter: president obama thanks u.s. troops and families for service at the marine corp. base in hawaii. on christmas eve, the president personally called u.s. service members from each branch of the military stationed overseas to thank them too. on twitter, a picture and this message. best part of the holidays is the time we share with those we love. on behalf of michelle, merry
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christmas, everyone. a series of laugh, president teaming up with michelle to make follow-up of the weekly address during the holidays in 2009. >> given how our first christmas weekly address went, i realized that he needed all the help he could get. >> reporter: reflecting. >> greatest gift received over eight years has been the hop nor of serving as your president and first lady. >> reporter: this year, a historic stop for president obama. the japanese prime minister will join him at pearl harbor tuesday, the first time a japanese leader visited the site since the attack. abc news, honolulu, hawaii. >> thoughts are with stefanie that she can maintain that dplar in the eye. >> that's a tough assignment. >> yeah. be strong. coming up in the next half hour, nba and nfl deliver the ultimate gift to sports fans, some of the best plays that you
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may have missed overnight and seasonal passions from prlayers and fans. hear from george michael himself in an interview from the abc archives. you're watching "world news now." "world news now"
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the last album was 2004, but no doubt, he could fill a stadium. >> oh, absolutely. several years ago, chris talked to him for "good morning america" about the darker side of fame and he faced down his many demons. >> it was a terribly depressing time. i had my very first relationship at 27 because i really had not actually come to terms with my sexuality until i was 24. had my very first live-in relationship, and six months into it, discovered that my
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partner who i was very, very, you know, six months in, deep in love, and i lost my partner to hiv, and then took about three years to grieve, and after that, i lost my mother, so almost like i was cursed. >> reporter: how did you survive what you went through? the loss of the most important man and woman in your life. >> it was depression and shock that just went on for years. i got myself arrested. so it was a very eventful and bizarre, bizarrely dark period for me that i actually thought was going to go on forever. >> reporter: shocking 1998 arrest was in a public restroom, and outed him to the world. despite the notoriety that followed, michael said he did not feel humiliation, but something surprising. >> relief?
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as embarrassing as it was? >> huge relief. it took me about a year to admit to myself, i've done it, dli deliberately. >> he knows how to carry relationships if he wants one, why do this? >> the truth is, could have been going on for as long as men hiding sexuality. >> reporter: rumors of drug use, in 2006, two drug-related arrest, one found slumped over the wheel of a car after taking sleeping pills. >> that was why i did it twice in a year. i needed my license taken away. when you know you've done something stupid, the punishment doesn't really feel inappropriate. >> reporter: started the concert last night with a song you wrote in 1990. "white i "waiting", and the language seemed like it was tailor made for today. people change, too late to try
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again? >> tried to try again at 27, bloody hell, still trying again at 45. >> reporter: if you could talk to george michael in 1999 -- >> yes? >> reporter: what would you tell him now? >> oh, as the 24 or 25-year-old who could not believe how quickly all dreams came true, could not believe how blessed he'd been, and then just absolute nightmare, but you have to believe there's a reason it happened in that order. i was supposed to learn those things earlier than some other people to put it into work. ♪ >> fascinating to hear him talk about the demons and success and also all fears about not getting fat. >> right. >> george michael will be
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break out the febreze, and [inhale/exhale mnemonic] breathe happy. it is your monday morning mix on this day after christmas, and, of course, today is the day a lot of people will be returning some gifts. well, here's a look at some real life gifts given over the weekend for the holidays. >> okay. >> for christmas that they'll have a tough time returning. so this is a putin calendar. it was 12 months of heaven. there's different photos. >> wow. >> that was a gift given to someone. there's also the life size d -- that's a big one. >> why? why does that exist? >> i have no idea. yeah. >> okay. all right. >> there's a blanket that features the cast of the outsiders. remember that? from the 80s. >> digging in the attics and
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coming up with these things? >> shopped at ebay, here, this is what i'm giving to my cousin. >> random, right. >> the umbrella hat. not that bad at all -- >> practical. >> this lady didn't want it, her grandmother gave it to her. >> poor grandmother. all right. they celebrated christmas in space. >> a few times. >> yeah. exactly. and they, you know, have to have the traditional christmas meal, so there was turkey, mashed potatoes, ginger bread, and french astronaut had a take on his favorite holiday meal, chicken supreme with morels. sounds fancy, i don't know what it is. seems -- >> mushrooms. >> really great. here's one of them telling us about the holiday treats. >> we have beverages, packaged cider, and cocoa, hot cocoa, one ofmy favorites, especially
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growing up in iowa when you wanted to stay warm. >> and -- >> that is good if you add a little bit of vodka or some -- >> one can dream. christmas is huge in sr srsri sri lanka. how big is it? this is the world's largest, largest fake christmas tree at 238 feet tall and there is sri lanka. i say this in that a lot of people going to church over the weekend to celebrate the birth of christ, and in one particular ceremony there, one person messed up. instead of hail mary, many catholics are familiar with that, they put this hail mary, the words for this hale mary in there. ♪ hail mary ♪ what do we have here now >> what? >> let's just say we only aired, like a few second version because that's -- >> that's the
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this morning george michaels has died at the age of 53. the news shocking his closest fans and collaborators. full details coming up. whiteout conditions in northern states as a blizzard moves through dumping over a foot of snow in some regions as high winds and tornados create scenes of chaos elsewhere. forecast straight ahead. new this half hour, a fugitive on the loose down under. >> be on the lookout for that guy. trying to track down a seal on the run giving residents a show. how the rich and famous spent christmas from the gift giving to the big surprises. we got the best of all of the holiday fun in the skinny on this monday, december 26th. from abc news, this is
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"world news now." >> good morning, everybody. we start with the sad news, shocking news this morning. george michael, one of music's legendary artists passing away so young, only 53. >> dying yesterday in his home in england. manager says heart failure was the cause. he had a string of megahits during the early '80s. he was prized for his vocal range, numerous grammy awards, and broiled in controversy. >> stars are paying tribute on social media, elton john calling him the nicest, most generous soul, and madonna says, farewell, my friend. >> one, two, three, go! >> reporter: the stunning death of george michael brings a sudden end to pop music's most brilliant career. he was just 53 dying peacefully at home.
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he was one-half of what happens with andrew, and michael rose is a solo artist, selling 100 million albums in a career lasting almost 40 years. the first solo album sold 20 million including "i want your sex." >> my music only ever reflected part of the music i listen to, and some of my favorite albums would not be things that anyone expected, and even if they influenced me, i know who i am and what i'm capable of and what my limitations are. >> reporter: his career included brushes with the law over dangerous driving, drug use, and public sexual behavior. it's dangerous. i don't inhale any of that. it's dangerous. what i really am is a writer. and, you know, i, you know, i just never thought that much to begin with, whatever they are, they fade. my brain goes eventually, it's gone, but the songs are still
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there. you give people music for years and years when you write. you tie yourself to more than one night and bigger events in their lives. you tie yourselves to their childhood and growing up, and it's a real privilege. >> such a loss. >> it is. totally is. has not sunk in yet. we'll have more on the loss of george michael later on. turning now to weather making a mess for holiday travelers. >> travelers in the midwest, those warned to stay off the roads because of dangerous conditions, north dakota and south dakota and minnesota are
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off limits because of freezing rain that is making some of the roads there too slippery, and other areas, a blizzard reduced vizability with up to 15 inches of snow possible. >> a possible tornado caused damage in a ford dealership in nebraska. damaged vehicles and overturned structures there littered the scene as cleanup crews got to work. >> the only bright spot is schools are on holiday this week, and many people were taking off. >> that would be nice. with more on the forecast, justin povick, good morning. >> thanks, good morning to you. travel situation for today is a busy travel day, northwest looking at a storm system and our storm over the northern tier of states is winding down. adding on to that, a little bit of freezing drizzle and freezing rain in the northeast makes it an active day overall, at least in the north. eventually, this wraps up later on in the day throughout the interior northeast and north new england. otherwise, it's warming up for the amp, so better news here beyond mid afternoon.
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northwest, snow in the cascades, a little wet on the 5 from seattle to portland, so have the umbrella handy, and the snows are winding down, but windy over the upper midwest. kendis, marcy, back to you. >> thank you. those lost in the russian military plane crash were remembered in a vigil last night. visitors brought candles and flowers to create a memorial to 92 people who died. the plane just took off to a russian base in syria when it went down in the black sea. pilot error or technical fault is likely to blame. president-elect donald trump enjoying christmas at his florida estate as he announces plans to dissolve his charitable foundation. there's a dustup with obama and israel, and a greeting from the incoming chief of staff caused a stir. he's eva pilgrim. >> reporter: the rnc chairman's holiday message lighted up twitter.
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a two hope born into a world, a savior who offered the promise of salvation to all man kind. as the three wise men did on that night, this christmas heralds the time to celebrate a new king. they wonder if it referenced trump as the new king. they clarified on twitter, christ is the king. he was born today so we could be saved. it's sad and disappointing you are politicizing a holy day. donald trump spent the holiday with his family. the future first family attended church christmas eve in the third row, and the plebt did not escape the holidays free of the spotlight. in a scramble to clean up questionable appearances, trump announced his family foundation is desolving. in a statement saying, to avoid the appearance of any conflict with my role as president, i have decided to continue to per sue my strong interest in philanthropy in other ways. they said the foundation cannot
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dissolve until his investigation is complete. it is ongoing. among the concern whether trump used foundation money to purchase a self-portrait and if the foundation funded questionable political done nations. trump insisted 100% of the money has gone to charity. also, what began as an orderly transition of power now di involving into a presidential turf war. >> it's one president at a time, and until january 20th, president obama is. >> reporter: the fight over one of america's closest allies, israel. >> the united states and israel bond is -- >> i love israel. i love israel. >> reporter: the u.n. friday passing a measure condemning the country for building settlements. trump pressured the obama administration to block the measure, but instead, they obtained allowinged to pass, trump tweeting, the big loss for israel and the united nations makes it harder to negotiate
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peace. toond, but we'll get it done anyway. eva pilgrim, abc news, new york. president obama and the first lady paid final trip to visit troops and families at a base in hawaii. the president told troops that serving as their commander in chief has been the privilege of his life. he said his gratitude remains as the private citizen. the president spent the weekend making calls to soldiers overseas. all right, here's a scene that probably only would see down under. a massive, massive seal ran amuck in a tasmanian suburb before being captured by police. so that's mr. lou seal. climbed on a car, smashed a wind shield and a roof, fell asleep in a driveway. >> exhausting thing to make that escape. the public was warned to keep distance as the creature wandered the streets. he was tranquilized and is headed back to the wild. >> lou seal.
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>> they tried to find out why he was out, but he said his lips were sealed. >> i like it. >> that was not very good. all right. moving on. coming up, the rematch of champions. >> the christmas showdown. thank you for the apology. i'm not sure if i'm accepting it or not. the showdown between the nba coming down to the wire. could this be a playoffs preview? >> the royals who stole the show over the weekend. don't miss it. you're watching "world news now." world news now weather brought to you by stamps.com. amps.com. you won't see these folks at the post office. they have businesses to run. they have passions to pursue.
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by the fireside. >> a beautiful setting. >> all the gifts i got you during the commercial. >> thank you. >> you're welcome. >> i'm sorry. didn't mean to break it. >> after the presents are open for us or smashed in some cases, perfect, for many people, not me, but for many people, it's time to watch sports and the denver broncos got a lump of coal in the stocking. ? >> right. >> 33-10, and taking a handoff, 70 yards from one of the touchdowns. this all added insult to injury. you have to watch this.
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lined up, going to run it? no. just tosses it over. late in the game to harris there ft. touchdown, defending super bowl champions, broncos are not in the playoffs at all for the first time in six years for themment disappointing. pittsburgh, in the meantime, stunned baltimore with the last minute rally to clench the afc north with nine seconds to go. antonio brown reaching, the goal line after a 4 yard reception to give the steelers the win, and eliminate ravens from poegs reason. the qb, right turn liz berger made up for two third quarter interceptions. that's one of them. baltimore's flacco interpreted on the final play to end the miserable season for the ravens. >> all right. how about this? before the game, steelers' running back came straight from
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the other job, right from the north pole dressed like buddy the elf, complete with a custom touch on the wool hat. love it. >> awesome. >> there is always a good selection of nba games on christmas, too, and we'll start with the lakers snapping their 11 game losing streak against the team with whom they share an arena, the clippers. >> the lakers had seven players in double digits, the most for them this season, trailing at halftime, ran out to an 18-point lead during the third quarter, beating the clippers 111-102, 22nd time lakers won on christmas, tieing the nba record and i understand a four game losing streak for the game. fans expected a great game between last year's finalists were not disapointed. we're talking about the cavaliers. >> oh. >> irving with an amazing day, this turn around jumper 3.4 seconds left, and warriors win
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109-108. the fourth vagt win over goldsen state. the warriors led all scorers with 36 points, but failed to make the final shot that you saw there that would have won the game. oh, well, lebron james had what everybody wanted except the warriors. probably what game them the home team edge. >> pretty. >> you know, it's the in-thing, ugly sweaters, better than t-shirts shot from the cannon, whatever it is they do. this is better for everybody. >> well, it's lovely being here. we have to open up the gifts. why does this say rob from rachel?
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>> oh. well. >> it does. >> one of these is yours, i'm sure. "world news now" continues after this from our abc stations.
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energy in the world is in shock after the entertainment world in
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is shock after the death of pop superstar george michael who died christmas day of heart failure at the age 53. shot to fame and originally what happens tweeted he was lost about the beloved loss of if friend. >> elton john posted a photo of himself with michael saying, quote, i'm in deep shock. i have lost a beloved friend. >> and madonna posted a clip at an award show with a note, farewell, my friend, another great artist leaves us. and nile rogers said they were working no london days ago. >> yeah. he said he was stunned and in another tweet, he called george michael, quote, an absolute genius. >> just often an awful, awful year for celebrity deaths. >> absolutely has, and -- >> only -- mooim ali, outside of musicians. >> nat king cole, as you mentioned, go outside the music world.
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you have these legends that pass away in 2016, and then prince in late april. >> yeah, right. >> shocking news all around. >> right. >> just like many of celebrities sharing photos of christmas celebrations, liam hemsworth and cyrus posted pictures with each other in their ugly sweaters. >> i think they are actually attractive sweater. so tegan and legend posted photos of their low key christmas morning with their baby daughter, luna. >> so cute. >> santa enjoyed the visit with carrie washington, but this causes concern. >> all right. country singer musgraves got a great guest on christmas eve, an engagement ring. he proposed in her family home in texas with the song playing. >> posted on instagram she didn't say yes when he popped the question.
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she said, hell yes. >> enthusiasm. all right. hell yes. >> to britain and youngest royals who are stealing the show from their parents and grandmothers and great grandparents. prince george and princess charlotte went to church with their parents, will and kate, for christmas in the hometown. >> the prince in particular caught everyone's eye as he tug on candy canes on the way to church an back. the royal watchers commented on the tailored coats and how stylish the family looked as always. >> oh, yeah. no surprise that talent runs in the family. mariah carey posted this picture of her son dancing to "all i want for christmas." how fun is this? this is one of her -- >> so cute.
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straight years, and it's still recommended today. use as directed done with christmas and still listening to music? all right? >> we're still in the mode. you have, like, ten days, i think. kids are off from school, still celebrating gifts, and adults off from work as well, at least today, and you might be looking for something to do other than going to the mall. >> yes, i think everyone's sick of shopping at this point. luckily, there good movies in theaters now. we look at the choices. >> reporter: celebrating the holiday with a trip to the movie theater? it's not only rogue one taking audiences into the deep beyond.
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>> requesting call time. >> rogue. rogue one. >> jennifer lawrence and chris pratt are in a movie together. >> we woke up 90 years too soop. >> with the hibernation ending too early, there's tenderness and trouble. >> just on the way to work. >> reporter: based on events of african-american women whose brain power helped to get the orbit back in the 1960s. taking notice as denzel washington directs as davis reprize the roles on broadway in "senses." they could be looking at the fifth career oscar nomination for the roam of the matriarch in california, company, and elle fanning, ail of them 20th century women. >> don't you need a man? >> no, i don't think so. >> for kids, animated animals making their way to the stage.
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in "sing." yep, that's a balding math mu mcconaughey, and ben affleck directing and starring. the award mag innocent, emotionally calibrated heart felt manchester by the sea, and made for the big screen musical, "lala land." making you part of the who will win discussion and giving you a night out. abc news, los angeles. ♪ >> really is the best time of year for movies. >> absolutely. i don't go any other time of the year, but ahead of the oscars. >> exactly. >> don't miss us on facebook, wnnfans.com. this is abc's "world news now," informing insomniacs for two decades. informing insomniacs for two decades.
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making news in america this morning -- ♪ dance forever >> the untimely passing of singer george michael. details of his death this morning. reaction to his passing and george michael in his own words. what he told abc news about his demons. also, tough travel on this day after christmas. snowy conditions forcing the closure of interstate highways. rain and storms elsewhere making a mess across the middle of the nation. developing story in michigan, a state of emergency declared because of a sinkhole. families out of their homes, forced to evacuate with no word on when they'll be back. and kansas city's hefty quarterback throwing a late touchdown pass for the chiefs as they end the playoff hopes of

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